My daughter started losing hair across the back of her head as an infant (like many do, from turning their head in their crib). It was breaking as much as it was falling out. It continued to break and be brittle. I was told by her pediatricians that she would grow out of it, and that nothing could be done. 4 years ago a dermatologist could not diagnose her either. She is 13 years old now and her hair has never been 100% haelthy, although she has had times when it was better than others. A week and a half ago she tried using Head and Shoulders shampoo, thinking it might help. As of last night, on the top and across the back of her head there is nearly no hair. She is not “bald” back there per se, but the hair there is less that 1/8 of an inch long. Another trip to a different dermatologist this morning revealed nothing. He had no idea, other than that it was “extreme, and apparently rare” and he did not know what the cause was. He suggested a peanut oil treatment and biotin. I’m considering asking her pediatrician to run some blood tests, but am not sure what to request. Hormones, vitamin deficiency, thyroid? Any insight you can give me would be much appreciated. Obviously at the age of 13 this is devastating for her. Thank you.
I can appreciate that it is very devastating to your child. Unfortunately, I really have no input here aside from the fact that you seem to be taking the right steps and seeing specialists. You may benefit from still another opinion with another dermatologist or a hair transplant doctor who might give you a different perspective after an examination. I would like to help, but I am not her doctor and the blog is not an appropriate medium for such.